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Student Billy Dalto wins national writing contest

Third-year law student Billy Dalto’s paper about how Oregon’s Elder Abuse Prevention Act strengthens protections for elderly people who have been financially fleeced won first place in a national writing contest.

A judging panel determined that Dalto’s paper, “How Oregon’s Elder Abuse Prevention Act Ups the Ante in State Securities Law Cases,” was the best submitted in the 2011 National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) Student Journal Writing Competition. An interview with Dalto will be in a future issue of NAELA News, sent to
all members of NAELA.

Dalto’s paper noted that under Oregon’s Elder Abuse Prevention Act, elderly victims of financial fraud are entitled to triple damages from perpetrators. “It’s a pretty powerful tool,” he said. “As more and more baby boomers retire, more and more people will come under the protection of this act.”

Dalto wrote the paper for his securities law class, taught by Prof. Meyer Eisenberg. After he graduates, Dalto says, he plans to practice commercial litigation.

Chinese delegation visits Willamette

The law school last week hosted a visiting delegation of up-and-coming Chinese political leaders, who participated in a panel discussion about Chinese society hosted by 3L Billy Dalto.

The visit was sponsored by the American Council of Young Political Leaders, which fosters political exchanges between promising young political leaders from the U.S. and partner countries. The delegates from China were affiliated with the All-China Youth Federation, a group that sponsors the majority of international exchanges in China.

Members of the delegates included the president of the China Banking Regulatory Commission Youth Federation; the president of the Tianjin Municipal Youth Federation; the program director of the Chinese Young Volunteers Association; and the director of the W&H Law Firm in China.

The delegates’ stop at Willamette began in Washington, D.C. and included North Carolina. Delegation members toured Newport before coming to the law school for the panel discussion and dinner.

Members of the audience, which included law students and community members, asked the eight delegates questions about externship opportunities in China and about the country’s land use system.

“China’s economy is booming and vibrant now, and we’re proud of it, yet we keep a somber mind,” one of the delegates said through an interpreter. “We still have areas to improve in – we have criminal activities and competition – yet other countries also have the same problems.”

Student Lindsay Freedman gets grant from Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation

Lindsay Freedman, a third-year law student and president of the Women’s Law Caucus, has received a $500 Armonica law student grant from the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation. The grant is awarded to one recipient at Oregon’s three law schools who demonstrates a commitment to the foundation’s goals. The winner is matched with a female judge or attorney who serves as the student’s mentor for one year. Freedman’s mentor will be Oregon Court of Appeals Judge Darleen Ortega.

Freedman, who also is event coordinator for the Jewish Law Society, plans several projects this academic year to reach out to underrepresented groups: a mentoring program for youths from Willamette Academy interested in legal careers; a symposium on motherhood in the law; and a writing contest for middle and high school students.

“I feel really humble to be recognized by an amazing group of people advancing women’s issues in the law,” Freedman said. “It’s fueled me to work that much harder for these events and anything else that I can get involved in.”